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An Intro to Shipping Terms and FCA Incoterms®
Alexandra Haukaas

There are 11 different kinds of Incoterms® available for international businesses to use, and choosing the one that is most advantageous to your current import requires a keen understanding of what each term means along with the experience to recognize what makes the most sense in each situation.

May 17, 2024
What is a Freight Forwarder and Why Do You Need One?
Alexandra Haukaas

When it comes to logistics, there are few vocations that are more misunderstood by the average person than a freight forwarder. It is one of the most vital pieces of the supply-chain puzzle and a crucial service that your business could greatly benefit from, but what is it, and how can it help take your logistics to the next level?

May 10, 2024
How to Navigate Produce Season Logistics
Sean Ploss

CB has earned a positive reputation for our handling of produce and perishable product shipments. There is a compelling argument to make that starting in 1954, our business has been built on produce shipments, and our expertise and knowledge in shipping this kind of product have played no small part in our company’s success. With that in mind, today, our aim is to educate new importers on an event that can have a massive impact on your bottom line, particularly if you are in that field - Produce Season.

May 2, 2024
Why is it Necessary to Limit Loads on Spring Roads?
Alexandra Haukaas

We have written about spring thaw a few times on this blog, which should give some indication of how important it is to be actively aware of it. As a yearly event that could potentially cost you thousands in completely avoidable fees and delays, spring thaw is worth taking a moment to refresh yourself on.

March 14, 2024
Bonded Carrier Vs. Non-Bonded Carrier
PCB Group

What is a bonded carrier and what benefits do bonded carriers have? To bond, or not to bond: that is the question we will answer in this article...

September 14, 2023
Commonly Used Shipping Documents
PCB Group

What are they? Why are they needed in the import process? There are four main documents commonly used in the international shipping of cargo. What are they and why are they needed?

September 7, 2023
Automation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Alexandra Haukaas

As businesses become increasingly reliant on the logistics industry, companies are looking for ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs, fill gaps, and enhance supply chain visibility. One solution to these challenges is automation.

April 3, 2023
SCAC 2.0 | More Efficient, Better Visibility
Stephanie Haws

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) is a unique two to four-digit code used to identify transportation companies. It was designed in the 1960s and has an exciting update launching on April 10th, 2023. The new portal will allow SCAC holders better visibility of their codes and the ability to set auto-renewals and make payments online. Today's blog will highlight the benefits of the SCAC 2.0 launch and delve into what carriers can expect.

March 22, 2023
How To Save Money Shipping During Spring Thaw
PCB Group

The experienced exporter was caught by surprise. Sometime ago, early in the middle of March, a large exporter of frozen food products in Quebec loaded a container with their product being exported to Australia.

March 10, 2023
Understanding Less-Than-Truckload Shipping
Donna Miller

The question you have been researching online is how to efficiently and effectively transport small ground shipments without breaking the bank. In your research, you've come across two terms: Full Truckload (FTL) and Less-Than-Truckload (LTL). But what is the difference? That's the emphasis of today's blog post; we will explain the various truckload shipping options, particularly less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, along with the benefits and differences between LTL and FTL, in addition to the requirements for LTL shipping.

February 15, 2023